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 Newlywed, Busy, Seasoned & Golden Couples

3 Tech Rules That’ll Change Your Marriage

By: Abby Watts

January 10, 2020

You probably have a few rules in place for your kids and technology. After all, you want them to be safe and healthy. Just like we have technology limits for our kids, our relationships with our spouses can benefit from cell phone rules for married couples.

Why Your Marriage Needs a Supper Club

By: Courtney Rohrdanz

November 01, 2019

In their small, west Texas town, my husband’s brother and sister found a way to have fun—they started a supper club. After hearing how much fun my husband’s siblings and their spouses had at their monthly dinner parties, my husband and I realized we both were feeling lonely. We had become parents, started new jobs, and moved into a short-term rental house. All these life transitions had been taxing on our friendships. We longed for deeper relationships.

3 Habits for Maintaining a Healthy Marriage After Kids


April 01, 2020

"When I was pregnant for the first time, people were quick to remind me that I needed to take care of myself. New babies were needy and it would be easy to forget that I had needs, too. This was overwhelmingly true. I protected my own physical and emotional health with frequent showers, daily runs, and a stash of York Peppermint Patties and Diet Pepsi. I was prepared to take care of my own health, but I was ill-equipped for the toll that kids would have on my marriage. Marriage after kids requires a new set of tools in the back pocket. Peppermint Patties weren’t going to cut it."

Then Baby Makes Three

Gary Chapman and Shannon Warden

July 25, 2016

"Some time ago, a young man sat in my office and said, “I’ve lost my wife.” “Do you mean she’s left you?” I asked.

“Oh no, nothing like that. I mean that our baby’s become the center of her life. It’s like she is now a mother instead of a wife. I know the baby takes much of her energy, but how do we keep our marriage alive? I really do feel like I’ve lost my wife.”

The reality is,  after you have a child, your marriage will not thrive on autopilot. But don’t buy into the idea “there is just no time for us!”

Marriages either grow or regress. They never stand still. If you decide now to prioritize your marriage, you will do your child a great service.

Through years of counseling hundreds of couples, we’ve learned some things on how couples can grow their marriage after a baby comes."

Check out their tips!

Seven Tips for the First Seven Years

Ron Edmondson

May 19, 2018

"Years six through eight of marriage are often the most difficult. So many marriages seem to fail in the seventh year. I have lost count of the couples who are struggling—and ready to call it quits—just a few years into the marriage.

The better you learn to communicate, the stronger your marriage will be.

That’s why it makes sense to protect your marriage during those years.

The way your marriage starts helps to protect its long-term health. I believe the attention we place on new marriages in our churches is critically important."

Check out the 7 tips!

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Old Natural Law Theory, Marriage, and Sexual Ethics


September 24, 2019

“Old natural law theory” begins with the natural end of our sexual faculties and derives ethical principles from there. But this approach has to rely implicitly on prior value judgments in order to distinguish between biological facts that are axiologically or morally relevant and those that are not. The second in a two-part series.

Sexual Ethics, Human Nature, and New Natural Law Theory


September 23, 2019

“New” natural law theorists and “old” natural law theorists both see human flourishing as the proper end of all ethics, including sexual ethics. Yet they disagree about how human nature informs practical reasoning. This first in a two-part series.

6 Things that Keep an Emotional Connection in Marriage

By: Susan Merrill

April 06, 2018

It’s important to keep an emotional connection as a couple, and Mark and I have learned some ways to make that happen. I say make that happen because if you don’t put your mind to staying connected to your husband, a thousand other things will get in the way of doing it. Or, in my case, 5 children — even though I loved them —  had a habit of getting in the way.

These 6 things will help you stay connected to your husband.

5 Habits of Happily Married Couples

By: Cassandra Soars

November 15, 2019

Research shows in order to have a happy marriage, you must do 5 nice things for every negative one. 5 to 1! This morning my husband and I had a negative interaction. Because he didn’t sleep well, he was tired and stressed, and I didn’t respond well to his grouchiness. We didn’t argue; we just didn’t have a positive experience with one another. This simple negative interaction is probably a common occurrence for many couples.

I had no idea that it would take us both being intentional to make sure we had 5 positive interactions to make up for this 1 negative one. Healthy habits are a powerful tool in a relationship. Want to be happily married for a long time? Try making these 5 things a habit.

3 Little Things You Can Do this Week for a Better Marriage

By: Nancy Jergins

January 01, 2020

My son is into sports. So I find myself using sports analogies pretty often to help him understand a concept or motivate him. That’s how I came upon a quote by John Wooden, one of the greatest basketball coaches of all time, that applies not only to motivating 13-year-olds but also to marriage.

“When you improve a little each day, eventually big things occur… Not tomorrow, not the next day, but eventually a big gain is made. Don’t look for the big, quick improvement. Seek the small improvement one day at a time. That’s the only way it happens — and when it happens, it lasts.”

Try these 3 little things you can do this week for a better marriage.

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5 Ways to Share Your Love Story

By: Dana Hall McCain

December 21, 2018

Your love story has value! Remembering how a friendship became a romance and a romance became a marriage can comfort and encourage a couple. And the celebration of that love is a blessing to your kids as well. We’re realists here though: We know that few relationships read like a movie script. Real life and real relationships have ups and downs. But don’t let the trials in your love story discourage you from retelling it. The fact that you overcame them is one more reason to celebrate! Find out 5 ways!

The "15 Second Kiss" Experiement

by Ryan Fredrick

April 09, 2014

A few weeks back, I met a gentleman at church named Tim. Tim and his wife had been married many years (I can’t remember exactly, but it was at least 30) and weathered many trials through their marriage (cancer included).

Naturally I asked him what the secret was – as I usually do when I meet someone with an epic marriage. “How have they stuck together through everything?” – I asked him this knowing that we shared our faith and reliance on Jesus Christ.

He simply replied, “The 15 second kiss.”

Expressing gratitude makes us healthier

Who wouldn't be grateful for that?

April 27, 2017

"New research by Stephen Yoshimura and Kassandra Berzins for the National Communication Association’s Review of Communication shows that, “Gratitude consistently associates with many positive social, psychological, and health states, such as an increased likelihood of helping others, optimism, exercise, and reduced reports of physical symptoms.” 

Theology in the Older Couple’s Bedroom

by Christopher West -

March 16, 2016

"I don’t hear much in the Theology of the Body teachings as relates to older couples,” went a question someone recently submitted on Facebook. “There are different challenges in the bedroom after menopause. This burning desire you refer to so often is not always present for both spouses. Things that were once pleasurable may no longer be so. Please share whatever TOB has to say about this season in a marriage. Thanks!”



Carrying A Spouse – Hard Truth about Marriage

The Catholic Husband

January 15, 2016

It will happen to you. That is just a fact. At some point in your marriage you will either carry your spouse, or be carried by your spouse. In reality – you will probably both spend a good deal of time carrying each other.

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